(1) "The Allied Control Commission for the conduct of affairs in civil Germany is brought into being by the military signatories for hte four powers who will administer the quadruple occupation of Germany. General Eisenhower signs for the United States, Marshal Montgomery for the British, Marshal Zhukov for the Soviets and General de Tassigny for France." scenes of agreement signed at Zhukov's headquarters in Berlin (2) GI's Tour Hitler's Headquarters - "Thousands of vacationing G.I.'s swarm over Berchesgaden - the hideout of Europe's one-time, temporary master. Hitler's home, with its tunnel entrances, music room, bed room, art collection and cage room is full of interest. But the 'Eagle's Nest,' on the mountain top, reserved for contemplation and ponderous thinking, is the prime attraction. Hitler's butler and family extend affable welcomes to the Yankee visitors." scenes of Hitler's butler and family at mountain retreat of Berchesgarden and Eagle's Nest, phonograph records of Hitler's classical music collection, art works (3) Personalities in the News - "White House Visitors - President Truman welcomes Gen. George S. Patton to the White House. Harry Hopkins reports to the President from Moscow, as does Joseph E. Davies from London. Both emissaries are laying the ground work for the next meeting of the leaders of the Big Three." (4) Airport Fog No Longer A Menace - "Fog Investigation Dispersal Operation is Britain's successful answer to the age old problem of dispersing banks of fog. Flaming pipe lines melt fog away at airports. Landing plans appear ghost-like through the shimmering heat waves set up by the operation." scenes of British secret fog dispersal revealed, FIDO, that uses fire to create heat to disperse fog at airports, used at Battle of the Bulge (5) Norway Hails Freedom - "Norwegian school children celebrate Independence with added fervor this year because of the expulsion of the Nazis, and because of the victory feast of Danish sausages and buns." scenes of Prince Olaf waves at children with flags (6) Yanks Rest in Venice - "Vacationing G.I.'s enjoy the sights of the canal city - Venice Italy as Tony, the troubadour gondalier, provides the hot licks in the muscle department." scenes of GIs on tour in amphibs and gondolas (7) Stay Home, Government Pleads - "Washington, DC: Col. J. Monroe Johnson, Director of the Office of Defense Transportation admonishes Americans to spend their variations at home this year, so that Yanks may be moved to the Pacific fronts." scenes of 3.5 million men must be moved from Atlantic to Pacific, some to hospitals, Col. Johnson speaks. (complete newsreel)
July 23, 2015 Subject:
Arthur C. Clarke mentioned that in his book 'Glide Path'.
In the book he said the air turbulence was a problem for planes landing.
Also... All that rationed gasoline!
The amphibious trucks in Venice was interesting. Not sure how the Gondoliers liked them! Does Boston still have those tours? There was a serious accident several years ago. A Duck stalled right in front of a moving barge. 2 killed.
October 2, 2005 Subject:
Snippets from the Days After V-E Day
This newsreel from the days after V-E Day features stories on Allied generals dividing up control of post-war Germany, American soldiers touring Hitlers private mountain hideout, General Patton visiting President Truman, a highly dangerous-looking technique for clearing fog from airports that involves burning gasoline, Norway celebrating its independence from Nazi domination, GIs going on R & R in Venice, and a government plea for private citizens to stay off trains and buses so that troops returning from Europe can be moved to the Pacific as soon as possible. There are no real surprises here, but it is historically interesting.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.